Saturday, 1 August 2020

August CAS Mix Up

Hello, 
Today is the 1st of the month so it is time for another CAS Mix Up challenge. This month it is all about watercolour and our host is the wonderful Loll who has chosen beach as the theme. Our guest designer this month is Brenda, so do go and check out her inspiration for this challenge.


It took me a while (as always) to come up with my design this month as I made a beach themed card for June CCC and I couldn't think of anything different even though that one wasn't CAS. Eventually I came up with an idea and was pleased that I pulled it off at my first attempt. I am always very nervous around watercolours!


I started by masking off a strip down the front of the card and then I used another piece of post it tape to mark the horizon. I got out my Zig watercolour brush pens and set about making a seascape. I achieved the blending and variation by using a wet brush to move the colour about. Once I was happy with that I let it dry, moved the horizon mask and set about doing the sky, fading to a pale bluey grey.  


I stamped the grasses and sentiment (which I used on my previous beach card too) in versafine toffee ink.
The sentiment really resonates with me as I grew up by the sea and that's where I go if I need to clear my head, so I wanted to use it again and I hope it doesn't spoil the CAS nature of this card.


You can see from this close up that I didn't quite position my post it tape right up against the edge of the sea but I decided that the little strip of light that resulted was a positive rather than a negative mistake.

There is lots of inspiration over on the challenge blog so do head on over and I shall look forward to seeing your creation in the gallery.

I am also sharing this card at:
Double D Challenges: Let's go to the beach

  For your blog

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today, I really appreciate it. 

xx

28 comments:

crafty-stamper said...

Absolutely beautiful watercolouring scene you created and I totally agree with the sentiment although not seen the sea/beach for quite a while unfortunately!
Carol x

Loll said...

AMAZING card Hilary! I LOVE how you've masked to create this beautiful sunset at the beach strip. Gorgeous colours and fantastic blending ... this is so peaceful ... perfect sentiment. I love the grasses in the corner and that they go beyond the masked off part. Great work, my friend! xx

Cat Craig said...

Hilary frame this and put it in a place you see every day. it is FANTASTIC.

GerJanne said...

Hi Hilary,
I'm looking with my mouth wide open! I love this card. It's so beautiful!! Just with the zig markers..marvelous!

Bonnie said...

This is perfect, Hilary! I have been admiring this and so glad to get a closer look and how you did it! Such a beautiful beach scene and perfect sentiment!

My Paper Epiphany said...

I love this fantastic CAS design, the beautiful beach sunset and the overlapping grasses! Very inspiring:)

brenda said...

It's a great design Hilary (similar yet totally different on my blog today) and the colours you used create a feel of peace and tranquility. How lovely the beach would be.......but for the crowds and COVID.

B x

aussie aNNie said...

Lovely designed card as always and fantastic colours.. x

Viv said...

No need to be nervous Hilary - this is lovely. Serene and peaceful. Gorgeous!

Brenda in IN said...

This is so peaceful and lovely. I love how you masked off this scene and added the grass in the foreground. Beautiful card, Hilary.

ionabunny said...

Ooooh, simply gorgeous. Fabulous scene. Hugz

Diane said...

WOW, this is a stunning card!! I love it! Thank you for joining our challenge at Double D!
Diane DD DT {Nellies Nest}

I Card Everyone said...

Hilary, I'm going to say this, and hope it doesn't offend the others - their cards are fantastic, too - your card is the star of the DT gallery this month! That little line of white that you're calling a mistake indicates a break in the clouds on the horizon to me - we see it quite often when watching the sunset!
Gorgeous design, stamps chosen, and perfectly CAS!
=]

Darlene said...

OMG this is just GORGEOUS! Your watercoloring is FABULOUS and love your overall design! GREAT JOB!!! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Let’s Go To The Beach’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
Darlene
DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS
Please stop in for a visit!

Sandy said...

Gorgeous!! Absolutely gorgeous and I do appreciate you sharing with us how you did this!!
Sandy xx

Jo said...

Bravo, this is very difficult to achieve and you've done this sunset scene brilliantly. Love the off the page stamping to ground this beautiful beach. Gorgeous!

Amelia Breytenbach said...

Very elegant and absolutely gorgeous! Truly an inspirational card with beautiful water-colouring. Thanks so much for joining the Double "D" Challenge Challenge.
Amelia (DT Double "D" Challenges)

Darnell said...

Wow, do I ever love your design, Hilary! Your watercolored panel is stunning in all the shades of the beach at sunset! Really masterfully done, my friend! Love the grasses and the sediment, too, as I also find the beach and ocean so calming and centering. Keep well! Hugs, Darnell

nancy littrell said...

OMG..your CAS design for your beach scene turned out beautifully, Hilary. I love your watercolored blended beach, water and sky color tones...Gorgeous! You added the perfect sentiment too. TFS your beauty, my friend. Stay safe and Creative...Love and Hugs..Nancy

LeAnne said...

This is stunning! What a gorgeous CAS design...it really looks like a marvelous beachy sunset! I predict a winner!

Christine Alexander said...

wow gorgeous suns set for your beach scene. Love it :)

Papercraft Boutique said...

What a wonderful CAS design, Hilary! I love the narrow vertical beach scene! The sunset is gorgeous and the Zig marker inks blended beautifully.
The very thin white horizon line looks like reflection of the light, and the grasses at the bottom is a great anchor.
Hideko xx

Susan Joyce said...

Love the colours you used for your sky and water Hilary, looks amazing and the grass and sentiment finish off your CAS design perfectly.

Linda said...

What can I say ..... this is stunning! I love everything about it .... the CAS design, the colours look amazing (what a sunset!) and what a great job with the masking. I love it!!

Kerry Bunting said...

Stunning card! Your watercolouring is amazing, gorgeous choice of colours. So glad you joined us at CAS on Friday. Cheers, Kerry

Mac Mable said...

What a stunner of a card Hilary. I love the colours of the sky, the sea and the beach. A fabulous CAS card and the water colouring looks amazing x.

sue t. said...

Love this beautiful card. It reminds me of all that I am missing this summer. Thanks for joining us at CAS on Friday!

Stampin with Liz Design said...

Such a gorgeous card! Love your stunning background! Thanks for playing along at CAS on Friday Challenges! Crafty hugs Linda